Joseph Wilton(1722-1803), Sculptor
Sitter in 9 portraits
Artist associated with 7 portraits
Joseph Wilton was the leading British-born sculptor to be working in London in the second half of the eighteenth century. He was a member of the Royal Society of Arts and founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts, where he was appointed Keeper in 1790. Eighteenth-century commentators compared him to Phidias, Michelangelo and Bernini, the most revered sculptors of the classical, renaissance and baroque periods. Wilton's bust of Thomas Hollis, one of his finest works, is in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
by John Francis Rigaud
oil on canvas, 1782